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Waymo begins full driverless public service in Phoenix

This is the first time Waymo will be available to the general public.

PHOENIX — Waymo, a driverless car service, announced Thursday it has began offering service to the general public in Phoenix.

Fully driverless rides will be offered through Waymo One to the public.

"In the near term, 100% of our rides will be fully driverless. We expect our new fully driverless service to be very popular, and we’re thankful to our riders for their patience as we ramp up availability to serve demand," a statement from Waymo said. 

The company will also re-introduce rides with a trained vehicle operator, which will allow them to serve a larger geographical area. 

Barriers between the front row and rear passenger cabin for safety will be added to the cars later this year. 

"We’ve achieved this milestone with the thought and care that our riders expect from us," the statement continued. 

"We’ve enhanced our health and safety policies and procedures throughout our fully-owned fleet, sought the feedback of our team, partners, riders, as well as federal, local, and state authorities, all while continuing to advance the Waymo Driver’s capabilities."